Historically White Sorority Wins Historically Black Dance Competition

The Zeta Tau Alpha sorority at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville (shown in the video below), was the first white group to win the Sprite Stepoff, a dance competition historically rooted in black Greek organizations.

Days after the competition, the Coca-Cola Company, the corporate sponsor, announced that because of a scoring discrepancy in the sorority results, the second-place winners, the Tau Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc. from Indiana University (shown in the video below), would be recognized as co-winners and awarded the same $100,000 prize as Zeta Tau Alpha.

Read more about the controversy in this article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Scoring discrepancy changes results of Sprite Step Off.

Anthony Antoine, who posted the ZTA YouTube video (above), said that many of the comments on the video focused on race: “The bottom line was they didn’t care if the girls were better or not, the people that were upset were saying white girls should not have won, period.”

Do you think the “scoring discrepancy” was racially motivated?

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